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Ben
post Dec 8 2008, 10:04 AM
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Teachers need to be recognised, rewarded

Western Australian governments and education authorities need to continue to work hard to recognise and reward teachers, according to Education Minister Liz Constable. Speaking at a special forum of Australian education ministers, academics, public servants and school principals in Melbourne today, Dr Constable acknowledged teachers for their contribution in delivering high-quality education to each and every student. The Education Minister said successful education programs depended on the quality of the work of teachers in the classroom and the quality of leadership in schools. “What concerns me is the reality of many classrooms where teachers can be confronted by a difficult set of day-to-day circumstances,” she said. “This includes such issues as difficult student behaviour, the lack of engagement of some parents and the growing prevalence of mental health issues. “In a State like Western Australia, these types of issues are complicated by distance and remoteness. “With the ongoing prediction of a shortage of teachers, particularly in Western Australia, we need to continue to work hard to recognise and reward staff. “We especially need to capture the imagination of our school students and others to consider teaching as a career. “The challenge will be to demonstrate that we value teachers and, at the same time, provide them with the practical support they will require.”

Dr Constable was speaking after a meeting where her Education counterparts had officially launched the National Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. The declaration recognises that providing the best educational opportunities for young people is the most important investment governments can make. The Minister said that Western Australia would continue to chair a national reference group aimed at improving outcomes for indigenous children and youth. “Western Australia is already developing a strategy to ensure indigenous children are ready for formal schooling and that they make progress in the areas of literacy and numeracy,” she said. “We are supporting programs aimed at improving attendance by indigenous students. “In addition, we are focusing on school retention, along with programs aimed at providing indigenous students with industry-recognised skills and qualifications.” Dr Constable also urged a greater focus on developing more explicit strategies to work with parents and their children from birth. “In Western Australia, we already have 11 hours of school each week for our four-year-olds - and we are working to increase this to 15 hours,” she said.


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post Dec 8 2008, 10:08 AM
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Recognition of Teachers

Pity the largest newspaper in Western Australia doesn't think it worthy enough to advertise teaching positions in the "PROFESSIONAL" section of their classified jobs ads.


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